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Old Feb 5th 2013, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by yellowroom

Oh, but I'm going to Europe. I'll just take Euros then.

Here in Switzerland the Euro isn't the local currency (it may be accepted in some places frequented by tourists but with a poor exchange rate). Swiss Francs (CHF) are necessary.

Many restaurants and shops don't take American Express/Diners cards either and some places only take cash!

OTOH tipping is not necessary
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Here in Switzerland the Euro isn't the local currency (it may be accepted in some places frequented by tourists but with a poor exchange rate). Swiss Francs (CHF) are necessary.

Many restaurants and shops don't take American Express/Diners cards either and some places only take cash!

OTOH tipping is not necessary
Those canny Swiss.
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Originally Posted by Brit3964
And of course everybody has a butler, bowler hat and a brolly!
You mean you don't
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Old Feb 5th 2013, 9:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Here in Switzerland the Euro isn't the local currency
Probably because Switzerland isn't part of the EU.
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Old Feb 5th 2013, 9:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Lorna at Vicenza
Probably because Switzerland isn't part of the EU.
I repeat, those canny Swiss.
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Default Re: When do you stop being surprised?

Originally Posted by yellowroom
Plus I know people too in the UK who are homebodies who have no interest in travel.
This is true!

Living in t' north I knew of people for whom a shopping trip to Manchester city center was a really big deal. Quite fancy you going to Manchester to do your shopping now are you, t' Market here no good for you then?

Not to mention the "meat and two veg" brigade who "won't touch that foreign stuff".
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
It seems to be a common misunderstanding in the US.... I know several people who have told me they have been on a Caribbean cruise, and when asked where, they say "to Bermuda".
This American went there on his honeymoon and therefore knows where it is. I highly recommend The Reefs Hotel and Club. They make a deadly rum swizzle.
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Old Feb 5th 2013, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Here in Switzerland the Euro isn't the local currency (it may be accepted in some places frequented by tourists but with a poor exchange rate). Swiss Francs (CHF) are necessary.

Many restaurants and shops don't take American Express/Diners cards either and some places only take cash!

OTOH tipping is not necessary
That caught me out once, biked around Lake Bordensee, had Austrian Shillings and German Marks, but no Francs, didn't even realise we had crossed the border yet and queued up for a half hour for a ice cream and then couldn't get the damn thing. Should have gone to the none busy place across the street in Germany
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For many Americans, going to another state is foreign travel especially if it's beyond their region. So yeah, aren't dollars accepted everywhere?

Regards, JEff


Originally Posted by RoadWarriorFromLP
For many Americans, their introduction to foreign travel is a trip to Canada or Mexico. ...
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Originally Posted by jeffreyhy
For many Americans, going to another state is foreign travel especially if it's beyond their region. So yeah, aren't dollars accepted everywhere?

Regards, JEff
Well they have an Eiffel Tower and Venetian canal in Vegas
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux
Well they have an Eiffel Tower and Venetian canal in Vegas
There's most of Europe at Epcot, and they all take dollars, doesn't it work the same in that other Europe?
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
There's most of Europe at Epcot, and they all take dollars, doesn't it work the same in that other Europe?
Yellowroom's company should just hold their meetings at Epcot.
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Old Feb 5th 2013, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux
Yellowroom's company should just hold their meetings at Epcot.
There is a long and boring story about why and how our meeting this year is where it is, but that suggestion is just a little too close to the bone....
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My British husband and I were at a wedding reception in 2006 when another couple (also guests) began talking. The lady said she thought it would be nice to see England and Ireland and she was trying to get her boyfriend to take her in the future. My husband asked what she was looking forward to seeing and she replied the thousands of castles. He said why do you think there are thousands of castles and she replied that every single person lived in their own castle. The look on my husband's face was priceless and that was my cue to leave and get more punch.
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux
Well they have an Eiffel Tower and Venetian canal in Vegas
Not to mention Pyramids and the Empire State Building!

Anyway, everyone knows Paris is really in Texas...so yes, they do use dollars (until the Lone Star State secedes anyway)
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